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Philly Drum Hosts First-Annual DrumPhil Summer Workshop

Philly Drum Project, an organization dedicated to helping drummers in the city share gear, lessons, and beats, will host its first summer program, DrumPhil, a one-day drumset workshop for high school students. On Tuesday, August 13, twelve Philly-area students, who…

Modern Drummer
Jul 17, 2013

Rebeats to Release The Gretsch Drum Book

The North American release of the newest Rebeats publication, The Gretsch Drum Book, by Rob Cook with John Sheridan, will take place on August 3 in New York City as part of the Gretsch 130th Anniversary Celebration Event. The event…

Modern Drummer
Jul 15, 2013

Producer/Songwriter Greg Wells Creates Drum Giveaway Program

To help foster a sense of excitement and enthusiasm in the next generation of musicians, producer/songwriter/musician Greg Wells has initiated a program where he gives away complete drumsets to deserving young players. Greg began playing drums when he was three-years-old…

Modern Drummer
Jul 11, 2013

World’s Fastest Drummer Contest Returns to Summer NAMM

The World’s Fastest Drummer contest is returning to the Summer NAMM Show, which is being held this week at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. The contest, which consists of two categories: Fastest Hands and Fastest Feet, will be…

Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2013

Big Kids Rock - Little Kids Rock Benefit Concert

Music changes kids, and kids change the world! It's up to all of the "big kids" out there to support the little kids' right to rock, and we know three bands of "big kids" that will battle it out at…

Modern Drummer
Jul 3, 2013

Modern Drummer’s 2013 Readers Poll Winners

The results are in for the longest-running, most prestigious drummer poll in the world. Without further ado, here are your winners for 2013.   Bernard “Pretty” Purdie The renowned stylist continues to set an example of soulfulness and strength for…

Modern Drummer
Jun 28, 2013

August 2013 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Zigaboo Modeliste

(on newsstands July 2, 2013) On the Cover Zigaboo Modeliste MD listens long and hard as the original Meters drummer describes his lifelong love affair with the drums and his highly personal approach to timeless rhythms.   FEATURING UPDATE •…

Modern Drummer
Jun 27, 2013

Alan Myers of Devo Passes

Alan Myers, the drummer with iconic new wave band Devo during the group’s peak period, died this week following a battle with cancer. Myers appeared on Devo’s first six albums, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Duty…

Modern Drummer
Jun 26, 2013

Milwaukee’s Summerfest Partners With School of Rock to Showcase Aspiring Musicians

Every aspiring musician’s dream is to perform live on stage in front of thousands of people—and better yet, at a music festival that brings together the industry’s hottest stars. This summer, School of Rock is giving hundreds of students a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 26, 2013

Percussive Arts Society Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four percussionists, Clifford Alexis, Harold Jones, Dr. Gary Olmstead, and Salvatore Rabbio, during the 39th Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) being held November 13-16, 2013. The Hall of Fame…

Modern Drummer
Jun 26, 2013

Shawn Pelton Joins JD & the Straight Shot to Open for the Eagles

Blues-rock band JD & the Straight Shot have announced that they will be opening for the Eagles on the "History of the Eagles" tour this July. The tour kicks off on July 6 in Louisville, with twelve concerts scheduled through July 25. In…

Modern Drummer
Jun 21, 2013

Majestic Percussion Adds Audio Catalog Online

Majestic Percussion has added an online audio sample catalog to allow percussionists to experience the entire range of the sounds and timbres possible with their lineup of Prophonic snare drums at www.majesticpercussion.com. Each model in the Prophonic series features four…

Modern Drummer
Jun 20, 2013

Web Exclusive Interview With Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake

Web Exclusive! Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake by Dave Previ At the start of their North American tour, most of the members of Meshuggah had caught the same cold. We met up with drummer Tomas Haake before the band’s NYC show at…

Modern Drummer
Jun 17, 2013

Bon Jovi "Because We Can" Fall Tour Dates

Since kicking off in February, Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can: The Tour” has been selling out arenas and stadiums across the globe. In the midst of a worldwide trek, the band has announced a new round of North American dates…

Modern Drummer
Jun 13, 2013